SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At 4:18 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service issued a “Blizzard Warning” for Springfield and surrounding areas. The warning is in effect from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow night.
The most likely snow forecast from is for 20 inches. The minimum amount expected is eleven inches and the maximum amount is 23 inches according to presentation from the National Weather Service. During Tuesday morning to early Tuesday afternoon, snowfall rates of two to four inches an hour are expected.
The Springfield Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and departments are taking necessary precautions.
The timing of the storm may affect the ability to clear roads sufficiently in time for the morning commute. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly, leave sufficient time for travel, and drive carefully. Unnecessary driving during the storm should be avoided. As always, per municipal ordinances, an on-street parking prohibition exists on all roads in the event of snow accumulation to allow for plowing and the passage of emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in the streets may be ticketed and/or towed. Property owners must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after the conclusion of snow fall. It is also prohibited to plow, blow or shovel snow into the streets.
Updates as well as announcements about closures or delays of Township offices will be posted on the municipal website at http://www.springfield-nj.us. School closings and delays are determined by Springfield Public Schools and announcements will be made through their communication channels.
- Jitney service will be suspended in the morning and evening on Tuesday, March 14th.
- Quarterly bulk waste collection has been rescheduled to be collected on Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd. Bulk waste for disposal is prohibited from being placed in the street and must be located on the curb.
- Recycling collection will remain as scheduled.
- Municipal Court for Wednesday, March 15th is canceled.
- To report power outages, contact the electric company by visiting FirstEnergy/JCP&L or call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police/fire departments. Customers should never go near a downed power line.
- To report a gas leak, contact the gas provider (PSE&G) by calling 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
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- Non-essential municipal offices will be closed Tuesday, March 14th.
- The municipal budget presentations scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th will be postponed.
- Recreation services, Senior Citizen bus service, youth wing hours, and evening activities at the Chisholm Community Center have been canceled.
Full details about the hazardous weather outlook are available at http://www.weather.gov
For most recent NWS forecast - http://www.weather.gov/okx/
Weather Briefing from NOAA’s National Weather Serivce - http://www.weather.gov/media/okx/Briefings/BlizzardBriefing.pdf